Chapter One: The Dead of Winter"You don't have to look any further than your compost heap if you want to be comforted. If you need reassurance. You've got this stinking, rotting heap of decay, and then out of that springs sturdy, green, new plant shoots. Somebody shout Amen! Yes, they push up through this putrid mixture, this decomposition. Just like the fulfillment of the gospel's promise that says there will be life after death."
-- REVEREND LEMUEL PEDDIGREW
of Calvary Baptist, offering comfort to the bereaved
It was the day of Silas's funeral -- a freezing February morning at Calvary Baptist. Patches of...